En­trance tests must be reg­u­lated not scrapped

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Thank you for rais­ing the en­trance test is­sue. This mat­ter has al­ways left me won­der­ing how all pupils can re­ally look for Form One places when Grade 7 re­sults come out.

I read Min­is­ter Lazarus Dokora’s state­ment re­gard­ing the is­sue in 2014 and I thought he made an over­sight.

The thing I think the min­istry should do is to de-com­mer­cialise the process by stip­u­lat­ing a max­i­mum en­trance test fee of $5.

This amount is enough to meet all the costs that are as­so­ci­ated with the test i.e. sta­tionery and staff al­lowances.

Way back in 1989 when my son went for the en­trance test at a mis­sion board­ing school, we were only pay­ing $5. It was rea­son­able and af­ford­able.

I just won­der how chaotic the sit­u­a­tion would be like if all par­ents criss-crossed the coun­try look­ing for Form One places at the same time.

That kind of mad rush is stress­ful for par­ents and might even be more costly.

The present sys­tem where some pupils find places through mid-year en­trance tests and oth­ers with the Grade Seven re­sults is most con­ve­nient to the par­ents and should be left like that but with the en­trance fee be­ing reg­u­lated by Gov­ern­ment. Mur­ray D B Mu­ram­badoro, Via e- mail MIN­IS­TER Makhosini Hlong­wane in foot­ball they say you “play how you trained” mean­ing if you did not ap­ply your­self fully at train­ing you should not ex­pect mir­a­cles. I was lis­ten­ing to some ath­letes who won medals at the Olympics and they said they had been very busy train­ing over the last four years and that they de­nied them­selves a lot of things so that they could do well. How does Zim­babwe do it — just as­sem­ble a few weeks be­fore the games and then hope to do well! Come on guys, lets be se­ri­ous. — Nor­est, Chegutu

I WAS caught up in the protests cross­fire on Wed­nes­day. Why would some­one com­ing to town for a peace­ful demo carry a bag full of stones? What does burn­ing a po­lice truck en­tail? That truck does not be­long to ZRP alone. It be­longs to all Zim­bab­weans be­cause they have paid tax for it. Emp­ty­ing Chop­pies sim­ply means you are sab­o­tag­ing the jobs of all those who work there. I also saw a small cell­phone shop be­ing looted of all its stock. Law en­force­ment must sim­ply round up the per­pe­tra­tors and make them re­pent. — Cde Jairos Tap­fuma.

THOSE in­cit­ing vi­o­lence through the so-called peace­ful demon­stra­tions, God is watch­ing you. Those ut­ter­ing hate­ful words caus­ing may­hem, Judg­ment Day is com­ing and you are go­ing to an­swer for your deeds and words. Peo­ple of Zim­babwe let us pray for the peace and pros­per­ity of Zim­babwe and not be used by those with self­ish in­ten­tions. — L Makombe.

Makhosini Hlong­wane

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